August 18, 2021

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Thiel Happenings

Incoming Thiel College students leading third annual food drive for Greenville community

Incoming Thiel College students leading third annual food drive for Greenville community

On Sunday, August 22, first-year students at Thiel College will be holding the third annual community food drive in the morning to benefit Greenville’s Good Shepherd and Salvation Army food pantries.

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Opening Convocation kicks off return to Common Hour programming at Thiel College

Opening Convocation kicks off return to Common Hour programming at Thiel College

Thiel College is returning to its Common Hour series for the 2021–2022 academic year highlighted by the Class of 2025 Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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Thiel College recognizes milestone employees on a combined service of 365 years

Thiel College recognizes milestone employees on a combined service of 365 years

Thiel College recognized 27 employees for their combined service of 365 years.

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Campus clean up effort draws a crowd

Members of the campus community gathered on Aug. 12 to pitch in and clean up campus. 

HR Memo: Regarding COVID-19 Policy and Procedures - Health and Safety Plan

As Thiel College begins the 2021/22 academic year with hope and excitement, we also remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students and community. The 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan addresses ways the College plans to help mitigate the spread of COVID on our campus community. 

Central to the College’s Health and Safety Plan is communicating with students, faculty, and staff about the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines, now readily available and free of charge. We have shared information about the recommendations by the CDC, the PA Department of Health, and the NCAA that students, faculty and staff at higher education institutions take advantage of COVID-19 vaccines to keep themselves, their families and the campus community safe.  We have asked all employees to consult with their health providers regarding these recommendations for college and university faculty and staff.     

With the arrival of a larger number of students to campus, the College has updated its face-covering/masking policy and established testing protocols for students who are not vaccinated.  To ensure the safety of the campus community and consistency in Thiel’s Health and Safety plan, the testing requirement is being extended to all Thiel employees. 

Beginning this week, employees who have chosen not to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine are required to get a weekly PCR test from a licensed pharmacy, medical facility or provider (no rapid or home tests) and submit proof of a negative test result to Human Resources at humanresources@thiel.edu.  Therefore, the first test collection must take place between today and Friday, August 20, 2021, with results submitted by August 23, 2021. 

At this time, Campus Health Services is not doing surveillance testing for employees due to the number of student tests they will be performing.  While that may be possible when the number of students and employees needing testing decreases, at this time, employees needing to be tested must use off-campus sites with many readily available in Greenville. 

Compliance with the Campus Health and Safety Plan, including current face-covering/masking and testing policies is mandatory for all employees.  Remote work will not be authorized in lieu of following these policies.

The College will be hosting several on-campus walk-in vaccination clinics throughout the fall semester, with the first one taking place today during campus community hour from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Employees are welcome to make arrangements to attend an off-site vaccination clinic as well.  Employees who submit proof of their first dose will not be required to continue weekly testing while waiting for their second dose.  Employees must update Human Resources with their vaccination status and submit a copy of their vaccine card/record.  

From the CDC:

“COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus that typically causes mild to moderate illness, but can lead to dangerous complications. Some individuals are more likely to develop serious illness including hospitalization, intensive care unit admissions, and death. The COVID-19 vaccine has been carefully evaluated in clinical trials and has been authorized for use because it makes it substantially less likely an individual will contract COVID-19 and become seriously ill. Per the CDC, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.” Getting vaccinated not only protects the person who is vaccinated, but may also protect others, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”

As a reminder, all employees are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccination census (COVID-19 Vaccine Survey and Card Upload) and if fully vaccinated either upload or submit a copy of their vaccinecard/record to Human Resources at humanresources@thiel.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above policies, please contact Jennifer Clark at 724-589-2858.  If you have questions regarding on-site vaccine clinics or the safety of vaccines, please contact our Director of Health Services, Chris Cianci ’96, at 724-589-2356.

Annual all-campus retreat covers strategic plan and middle states update

Student News

Faculty and staff can audition for Thiel Theatre fall production

Thiel Theatre will be holding auditions for this year’s fall production of Caryl Chruchill’s Love and Information. Auditions will be open to all Thiel students, faculty, and staff (with casting priority given to Thiel students). Auditions will be held from 7–9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 in the Robinson Theatre (subject to change per licensing agreement).

Callback auditions will be held 7–9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7  if necessary. No audition preparation necessary!

For more information, contact Director of Theatre JK Rogers, Ph.D.

Synopsis: “The play is a compilation of seven sections each with a number of ‘scenes’ that range from less than a minute in length to a few minutes long, with a ‘random’ selection of scenes (included at the end of the play) that are able to be incorporated anywhere within the play. There are over 100 characters within the play, however none are named, there are no set contexts, and there is no specification as to age, gender, race, etc.” Our production will focus on the idea of ‘connection:’ What happens when we connect, fail to connect, want to connect but can’t, connect when we don’t want to?

Thiel Theatre welcomes actors of all ages, abilities, sexual/gender orientation, race/ethnicity, physical or neuro-ability as part of our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).

Due to COVID-19, Thiel Players requests that all cast and crew members be vaccinated or submit to regular testing at least weekly with negative results unless age or prior medical condition currently prevents vaccination to keep everyone as safe as possible. The theatre will adhere to the most current CDC recommendations regarding masking and/or lockdown policies. 


Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • John Aarestrup ’21, resident director
  • Tyla Belton ’21, resident director
  • William Brandsema ’21, resident director
  • Christopher Casanta, graphic designer
  • Sara Cascio, mail services assistant 
  • Collette DiAngi, faculty services administrative assistant
  • Kimberly Gallavan, coach men’s and women’s track & field
  • Samantha Kurchena ’20, resident director
  • JoElla Neal ’21, assistant softball coach
  • Chad Pakozdi ’21, resident director
  • Raphael Reynolds, assistant football coach 

Help Wanted

Given the need to temporarily house some students off-campus as a result of the delays with our residence hall projects, the College is looking to hire individuals to shuttle students to and from campus for classes and other activities.  Both off-campus locations are within a couple of miles from campus.  Drivers will use a College vehicle and be compensated at an hourly rate, and we need drivers for hours within the 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. range (Monday through Friday) and a smaller range on weekends (potentially through the month of September).  This opportunity is open to employees interested in making extra money outside their normal hours, students, or community members.     

If anyone is interested and/or knows of others who might be interested in driving for us, please contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240 for more information.  We could use drivers who can work as many as 40 hours per week, or as little as a few hours per week. 

Events

First-year Student Move-in Day
August 21
Thiel College campus

All Thiel College first-year students move into their dorm rooms and celebrate a special Thiel College welcome.

For more information, contact Bob Phillips ’08 at ext. 2011.

Classes Begin
August 23
Thiel College campus

Fall semester classes begin at 8 a.m.

Opening Convocation
August 26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Members of the College community welcome the Thiel College Class of 2025 and officially kick off the fall 2021 semester

Labor Day – No Classes
September 6
Thiel College campus

No classes will be held in observance of the Labor Day holiday

Community Events

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Day
Aug. 20 at 8 a.m.
Pine Hill Golf Course

The scramble begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer and includes refreshments, hot dogs at the turn, beverages on the course, catered dinner and participation gift.

For more information, contact Mark Batt ’87 at ext. 2157.

Etc.

Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes recognize the teamwork Thiel College employees exhibit each day. Employees can nominate co-workers for recognition in four categories (Random Act of Kindness, Going the Extra Mile, Had a Great Idea, Just Because).

Communications collateral

Employees should update the logos used on institutional materials, including email signatures, letterhead, PowerPoint slides, etc. 

Thiel College has used the shield and wordmark combination as the official institutional logo for more than a year. They are the only approved logo for academic co-curricular and institutional use. Additional athletic logo packages are also available.

Email signatures, brand resources, and a job request form are all available online. A Dropbox folder has been set up with instructions and the materials necessary to create new email signatures. Employees can find other Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides in the same folder.

Thiel College community members who need help with communications and marketing initiatives and collateral can now request those services with a job form. The request form is available on the communications and marketing webpage or linked directly below.

For more information, email the office.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published every other week during the summer. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out August 25, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, August 23 to be published in that week’s edition.

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